Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism

Google and Facebook are easy scapegoats, but companies have been collecting, selling, and reusing your personal data for decades, and now that the public has finally noticed, it’s too late. The personal-data privacy war is long over, and you lost.

Schools Are Using AI to Track What Students Write on Their Computers

This software is raising ethical concerns about the line between safety and privacy. 

Surveillance Cameras Will Soon Divine Your Personality from Eye Movements

Machine-learning techniques promise to make biometric data far more useful for intelligence gathering.

Orlando Does an About-Face on Facial Recognition Technology

The city’s police department is moving forward with the second phase of testing weeks after the initial pilot program ended amid concerns raised by civil liberties groups.

A Game-Changing AI Tool for Tracking Animal Movements

Scientists are already using it to study octopuses, electric fish, surgical robots, and racehorses.

Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles

The L.A. County Sheriff has deployed a quadcopter drone for rescue and reconnaissance. But will the public accept that these aerial officers come in peace?

Google’s New Ethics Rules Forbid Using Its AI For Weapons

Alongside these broad ethical guidelines, Google has also drawn a line in the sand for the AI it will not develop.

This Is the Week That the Drone Surveillance State Became Real

Local police have access to drones and footage from those flying cameras will be automatically analyzed by AI systems not disclosed to the public.

Digital Time-Tracking Systems Are Draining Worker Pay

Making sure that people are compensated for the time they’ve worked is an issue of fairness.

The Billion-Dollar, Alibaba-Backed AI Company That’s Quietly Watching People in China

SenseTime is one of a handful of companies at the forefront of China’s artificial intelligence boom.

The City That Remembers Everything

The smart city is moving beyond cameras and microphones to stranger surveillance tools.